Gilding the Lily

Gilding the Lily Inside the Cut Flower Industry

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Publisher's Synopsis

A green-fingered gardener, Amy Stewart has always delighted in the sight of freshly cut flowers, but she grew increasingly curious and uneasy about the journey those flowers take to reach her bouquet. In Gilding the Lily, Stewart introduces us to the people, places and plants that make up this multi-million-pound industry, from a lily grower in the American Northwest to the rose fields of Ecuador and the tulip greenhouses in Holland. Gilding the Lily is a page-turning enquiry into the controversial practices that lie behind each bloom, including the treatment of the workers in the fields and greenhouses, the issue of patenting and the use of pesticides, and the financial forces that drive the quest for the "perfect" flower. It is also a wonderful story about the romance and the reality of growingand cultivating flowers.

Book information

ISBN: 9781846271748
Publisher: Granta Publications
Imprint: Granta Books
Pub date:
DEWEY: 338.1735966
DEWEY edition: 22
Language: English
Number of pages: 312
Weight: 345g
Height: 216mm
Width: 136mm
Spine width: 21mm